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St. Augustine grass

Gramineae Stenotaphrum secundatum (Walt.) Kuntze

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This grass, native to the West Indies, is now planted along the Southeastern Coastal Plain. It is an extensively creeping perennial with stolons that have rather long internodes. These stolons send up branches at the nodes, which are not over 12 inches high. Leaf blades are 4 to 6 inches long, glabrous and blunt. It will stand salt water spray so can be used along sea coasts. In the area of adaptation it is used for lawns, golf fairways and pastures. It forms dense sods which stand tramping well. As pasture it is grown mainly on muck soils in the Florida Everglades. It is not hardy north of central Georgia and central Alabama. It forms little seed and is propagated by planting the rooted runners. Ample fertilizer must be used to secure good growth.

Last update June 28, 1996 bha